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Justin LaNasa has filed to run for office once again, this time for a seat in the state Senate Justin LaNasa has filed to run for office once again, this time for a seat in the state Senate

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Justin LaNasa is giving politics another try.

LaNasa filed paperwork Wednesday to run in the District 9 state Senate Republican primary, joining Michael Lee and Michael Burns in the GOP field. So far, Elizabeth Redenbaugh is the only Democrat who has filed for the seat.

"I feel that going for a seat at the state level, you can make more of an impact on the way things are carried out on the local level," said LaNasa in a phone interview. "I feel we need better representation, because it is lacking now in all corners. We have very poor leadership as a whole."

LaNasa, who owns a small business, has made several tries at elected office in the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County.

In recent years LaNasa was unsuccessful running for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor in 2012.

He lost two campaigns for Mayor of Wilmington (2007, 2011) and also came up short in tries to join Wilmington City Council (2009) and the New Hanover County Commissioners (2010). LaNasa also left the Republican party after his loss in 2011, citing a disagreement with then-Chair Rhonda Amaroso.  

LaNasa said he returned to the party after Amoroso left the leadership position.

"Ronald Reagan never quit, or he would never have become President," said LaNasa when asked why he continues to run after several defeats. "Some of our greatest leaders did not win in their first election, or second, or even third. Anyone who gives up, it's like giving up on your beliefs."

The filing deadline for office is Friday, February 28 at Noon.

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